GTL Releases New Subscription Applications for Inmate Entertainment

TV Audio and FM Radio applications available on Inspire tablets promote a quieter, calmer, and more controlled environment within correctional facilities

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – June 27, 2017GTL, an innovation leader in correctional technology, education solutions that assist in rehabilitating inmates, and payment services solutions for government, today announced that two new entertainment applications are being released for the Inspire® tablet. A hardened inmate tablet that features an advanced technology platform and versatile operating system, Inspire offers numerous education, information, and entertainment applications that have a positive effect on inmate behavior.

“One of our main priorities with the Inspire tablet is to offer applications and subscription services that improve inmate morale and translate into safer and more secure correctional facilities,” said Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Applications and Hardware at GTL.

Available on all Inspire tablets, the new TV Audio application allows correctional facilities to broadcast real-time TV audio directly to inmate tablets. This is accomplished through a small device that connects to a television’s external audio port. Once connected to the TV and powered on, the device automatically syncs to GTL’s wireless network and is instantly recognized by the Inspire tablet.

“Previously, inmates would gather close to the television, and each other, to hear TV audio. These groupings could lead to noisy conversations, anger by others who just want to hear the television, and possible fights. With the TV audio app, those situations are drastically reduced. Inmates can now sit anywhere and hear TV audio through headphones connected to their Inspire device,” added Mr. Peters.

Available on the new Inspire 2.0 tablet, the new FM Radio application gives inmates access to local FM radio stations. Inmates can scan the radio dial to identify local stations with adequate reception within a correctional facility, save stations to their “Favorites” menu, or manually adjust the dial and skip channels.

To learn more about the GTL Inspire inmate tablet’s offerings or for a product demonstration, contact GTL today.

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GTL leads the fields of correctional technology, education, and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and ease of operation for its customers and aid in rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism rates for inmates. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to 32 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 79 of the 100 largest city/county facilities, including 40 of the top 50, which comprise 1.8 million inmates nationwide. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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GTL Releases New Subscription Applications for Inmate Entertainment

GTL Releases New Subscription Applications for Inmate Entertainment

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.